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May 15 2017

Miss USA Slammed for Saying Healthcare is a Privilege Rather than a Right

by Patrice L. Onwuka

Miss USA was crowned last night and for a second year in a row, a beautiful woman from Washington, D.C. won the title. However, the headlines are not about her intelligence, but the criticism her answers sparked because they that hinted at conservative views on healthcare, work, and feminism.

Twenty-five-year-old scientist Kara McCullough, who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, won the title of Miss USA 2017 and will go onto to compete in the Miss Universe pageant for the USA.

We learned that teaching kids about math, technology, and science are passions for this Italian-born black woman who studied nuclear chemistry at South Carolina State University.

As the Washington Post reports, producers dubbed her “one of the most intelligent contestants in recent memory” and even one of the show’s hosts was wowed:

“If you would have been my science teacher, I would have paid more attention in class!” declared actor Terrence Jenkins, who co-hosted the pageant along with “Dancing With the Stars” judge Julianne Hough.

The shine for many disappeared though as her answers were not in line with progressive dogma – especially given she is a black woman espousing right-leaning thoughts.

When asked the question, “Do you think affordable health-care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege and why?” she gave an honest and smart answer:

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” McCullough responded. “As a government employee, I am granted health-care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health-care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health-care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”

Let’s take a moment to address that McCullough is right on both accounts. First, healthcare is not an enumerated right granted by the Constitution of the United States. Progressives have pushed for it culminating with President Obama’s failing Affordable Care Act, to brainwash everyone into believing that to be the case. Second, when we look at how Americans get healthcare, more than half of Americans (55 percent) are covered through their employer, according to Census data.

This wasn’t the only thing that gave some on the Left to pause about her views. Later on, when asked whether she considers herself a feminist, McCullough had this to say:

“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,” McCullough said as members of the audience cheered. “I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”

“And I say firsthand: I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences, as well as just in the office environment,” she added. “So as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.”

Hitting healthcare and feminism with a one-two punch was enough to make Twitter explode. Sadly, her harshest critics were the people who bear her skin color. Buzzfeed captured some of the comments:

@dazella_may: #MissUSA Miss DC just lost me with that answer....Affordable healthcare is a privilege? Girl bye.

@WickedBeaute: LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.. THIS IS Y'ALL'S BLACK NATURAL QUEEN! HER EXPLANATION WAS UH... NOT SMART...

@_TheOpinion: A brown girl won #MissUSA but she thinks affordable healthcare is a privilege and feminism is man-hate so she's cancelled. #ByeGirl

And there were plenty of others who piled on, too:

@katiem_crawford: When D.C still wins despite her ignorant answers on feminism and healthcare #MissUSA

@mynameisNegan: The winner of #MissUSA says health care is not a right & feminism is bad. It's like Ben Carson saying slaves came to [US flag image] to have opportunity.

I’m pretty sure that none of these commentators is a scientist with degrees in nuclear chemistry. While IQ and common sense aren’t necessarily correlated, for McCullough they are.

Let's be glad that there were people who put politics aside to celebrate her win:

@najianaaa: Black ppl, you can't be pro-black if you bash someone thats black the MINUTE they disagree with you #MissUSA revealing some of yall

@AStrongUSA: BTW, the new #MissUSA from DC said that healthcare is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT in her interview segment. Hey, she got it right!

@Tyus_josh: #MissUSA is a black conservative who says feminism is trash? And she cute? I found my new wife

McCullough ought to be celebrated as a great role model for young women everywhere. She’s bright, accomplished in fields dominated by men, and brings a love for the sciences to a national platform.

However, once again we’re seeing the intolerance so pervasive on college campuses spilling onto the Twitter universe where different views are not just opposed, but trashed and if the people speaking them doesn’t fit the expected profile, they are personally attacked.

It’s time for people to grow up. Whether McCullough is right or not (and she is correct), her views are her own and if she is qualified for the title based on her beauty, poise, and intelligence, why tear her down?

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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